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Where Metal Meets Love Sick Indie: An Interview with DZ Deathrays

If you haven’t heard of them you should. These Australian natives produce a sound reminiscent of 80s thrasher metal mixed with lovesick indie vibes…it sounds strange, but it works, really well. With such an interesting sound, it is no surprise they have a pretty loyal fan base worldwide. Their new album “Bloody Lovely” will be released worldwide February 2nd, and if you are based in Chile or Brazil you can see them perform live in November and December. They are also playing a few shows in Australia in the upcoming months, and in January will be supporting the Foo Fighters in Brisbane. Take a look at their website for exact dates:

Total Meltdown is their most recent music video release. This song features an unforgettable guitar riff, catchy lyrics, and has the perfect amount of emotional angst to make it an overall awesome number.

Shred for Summer: This one’s got a killer sound. The main guitar riff is reminiscent of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song- think heavy with clear 80s metal ballad elements.

Northern Lights: Possibly the most mellow, introspective song they have produced. Whereas the majority of their songs veer towards metal, this one is definitely more in the indie category.

Gina Works at Hearts and Pollyanna: Combining thrasher metal with droning indie elements, these are both great numbers to get amped up on.

I had the opportunity to see DZ Deathrays perform at the Sugar Factory in October as part of their European tour. The vibe was great; everyone in the crowd was in positive spirits and ready to have a good time. That’s what their music does- it makes you forget about everything else and live in the moment. Something we could use a lot more of in given the current state of our world.

Meandering through the maze that is the backstage of the Sugar Factory, we sat down and talked about their tour. They were incredibly easy-going and were great fun to speak with, take a listen below:

Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and designer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: | Keep it groovy <3

My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.